Wake up early to catch the sunrise, but instead of setting up in front of the pool near the entrance with the rest of the people, just walk in and start exploring. You will have the place to yourselves for an hour or two while everyone else gathers out front to get the iconic photograph. Go ahead and skip that (there are tons of examples of that photo already out there) and see what you can find inside. Plus it won’t be so hot that early in the morning so you can climb around without turning into a soggy mess.
The best place to view Ohiopyle Falls is from Lover’s Leap, on the Ferncliff side of the river. I’m looking forward to coming back in the early morning, just before sunrise, when the fog and mist are dense.
The best part of any trip to Ohiopyle is the post event candy bar, ice cream, or steak and cheese from Fall’s Market. Since Fall’s has gone under new managment, the place is looking great. They have upgraded the coffe selection, cleaned it out, and totally reorganized the store.
We spent an afternoon exploring the edge of the Casselman River down below the Pinkerton High Bridge. While we have pedaled across the bridge countless times along the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail, we have never gone down to the river at this point. On the other side of the Pinkerton horn, the Pinkerton low bridge is a somewhat more popular spot for stopping to enjoy lunch. But I have never seen anyone along this section.
Today was perfect for exploring. Both Oliver and Eli did some wading in the river and Paul played with a Gigapan device that helps take panaorama photos. It seems like an interesting toy.
Oliver is just tall enough to reach the ice and water dispensers on the fridge. Thankfully there is a lock out feature.